Wayne State University

Aim Higher


Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Funding Sources:

Robert Hudson Tannahill Foundation, Skillman Center for Children Endowment Fund, William Hawkins Ferry Research Fund, Merrill Palmer Endowment Fund held by the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Merrill Palmer Trust Endowment Fund, Florence A. Hutchinson Endowment Fund 

You Can Help

At no time since the Great Depression has there been a more urgent need to invest in our children’s well-being. Statistics from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT survey underscore the need for urgent action:

  • One in twenty children live in out-of-home placements.
  • One in five children live in poverty, and over one-third live in homes where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.
  • By 4th grade, one in three children read below their grade level. Little statistical improvement in reading is seen by 8th grade, indicating that once a youngster falls behind in reading, it is very difficult to catch up.
  • Nearly one in three children are overweight and at increased risk for diabetes and other major health complications.

Detroit is presently the 11th largest city in the U.S. according to 2007 U.S. census estimates. According to 2008 data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center, Detroit ranks worst among major cities in children below 200% of the poverty line and low birthweight births, and is at or near the bottom in many other indicators of child well-being, such as births to teen mothers. At 13%, Detroit’s unemployment rate is the worst of all major cities in the country (among states, Michigan also ranks worst in the country for unemployment). The high school graduation rate in Detroit is also worst in the nation, at 31.9% in 2008.

You can make a difference! Your support of MPSI strengthens our training and research programs, which are designed to foster healthy, productive children and families. Together, let’s ensure a brighter future for upcoming generations.

Make a donation to MPSI – You may mail in your donation to us at the address at left, or donate online through Wayne State University's secure website by clicking here.

NOTE: To ensure MPSI benefits from your donation, you must enter “MPSI” on the “direct my gift to” section of the website.

Make a Planned Gift to MPSI – Charitable gift annuities, bequests, stocks or bonds, life insurance and retirement fund assets are just a few examples of ways you can provide for MPSI’s future while increasing your tax savings and, in some situations, providing income for your or someone else’s lifetime. Contact us at 313.664.2500 for more information about Planned Gifts.

Attend a MPSI seminar - Learn more about MPSI’s Community Services and Outreach here.

For more information please contact Cheryl Deep at cheryldeep@wayne.edu or 313-664-2607.